Trusted musician and artist reviews for Roland MKS-50
Based on 4 Reviews and 18 Ratings
small and inconvenient
These little 1RU beasties are a total PITA to program but are capable of generating some cool 80s analog sounds like the Juno series. Not great for acid-house tweakin', but nice for when you want to get all Depeche Mode and throw down some thick subtractive leads but only have a DX7 and a midi controller. I've never had any reliability issues with this synthesizer and its been dropped a few times. If you can score one for under $200 its a great investment to integrate a little real analog into a software based turnkey setup like Fruity Loops...
The Mentasm Machine
The rackmount MKS-50, along with it's Alpha Juno keyboard equivalents, was one of Roland's last analog synths. It's famous for creating the hoover/"mentasm" sound that's been used in electronic music since the early 90s. I also have the separate PG-300 controller, which adds lots of lovely sliders to the experience. Purchased from a Richmond, Virginia pawn shop in 1994.